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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Suriname?
The costs of trademark registration in Suriname depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.
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How do you get a trademark registration in Suriname?
Do you want to apply for trademark protection in Suriname? Unlike most other countries, the South American country has no first-to-file jurisdiction. This means that the person or company that first uses a trademark within this territory is assigned the rights to it. However, it is recommended to register a trademark in Suriname, because this clearly shows ownership and reduces the chance of future conflicts. The use of a trademark on the Surinamese market prior to registration is not a condition.
Registering goods and services according to Surinamese regulations
The current trademark law in Suriname is very similar to the laws that applied in the Netherlands before the Benelux trademark law was passed in 1969. In Suriname there is no registration for the regulation of service marks. Most entrepreneurs who register a brand name in Suriname are therefore entrepreneurs who want to have a product protected. There is, however, a special, local designation for the classes of services. It is possible to apply for a trademark in multiple classes. From four classes, additional costs apply.
How does the registration procedure work in Suriname?
Although it is not mandatory, it is wise to precede the registration procedure with a trademark search. This concerns an investigation into the possible existence of the same trademark or brands that closely resemble it. The Surinamese office for intellectual property needs twelve to eighteen months after submitting the application to assess it. Due to regular backlogs with this agency, the time frame can vary widely.
The review by the intellectual property office includes a formal review of the distinctiveness of the trademark you intend to use, followed by a substantive review. During this second assessment, it is checked whether the trademark you want to apply for in Suriname meets the legal regulations for trademarks. If this is the case, it will be published in the ‘Advertentieblad van de Republic Suriname’, the official trade gazette. The opposition period following this publication is considerably longer than in most other countries: six months.
Registering a multi-element trademark in Suriname
If the brand that you want to register in Suriname consists of several elements – for example a word element and a figurative element – then the protection resulting from the registration only applies to the exact combination, as submitted to the Surinamese intellectual property office. This means that in practice you can use the individual elements of your brand for promotional purposes, but that they are not protected.
Third parties can use this element of your trademark for their own commercial campaigns. Obviously, in most cases this has a major influence on your distinctive brand awareness and the turnover you make with your product or service. You cannot object to this, unless this party offers products that are the same or very similar to yours. To prevent the use of trademarked elements by others, please submit a separate application for this specific element.
What do you need to apply for trademark protection in Suriname?
If you intend to apply for trademark protection in Suriname, in order to make the process run smoothly and to avoid obstacles in the first, formal assessment phase as much as possible, you must provide the intellectual property office with all the necessary information. That is:
- trademark name
- copy of the trademark, unless it concerns only word elements
- classification of goods and their specification
- name and address of applicant
- power of attorney
- if applicable: certified copy of the priority document
What is the validity of registered trademarks?
If you have succeeded in registering your brand name in Suriname, it will be protected for ten years from the registration date. After those ten years, you can request an extension, which again concerns a period of ten years. You can request an unlimited number of extensions. If you are unable to do this before the end date of a current term, you can renew your trademark within six months after the end date (grace period) at a higher cost. Renewal is valid from the date of submission.
On what scale should a mark be used?
In order to keep the market transparent, restrictions have been placed on the non-use of registered trademarks. If your trademark is still inactive three years after its registration, third parties can submit an objection to the intellectual property office. This may result in the cancellation of your trademark. However, you do not have to provide an intention to use when you are going to register a brand in Suriname.
Is international registration in Suriname possible?
Although Suriname is a member of WIPO and has signed agreements such as the Paris Treaty, it is not a signatory to the Madrid Protocol. This means that international extension of trademark protection by filing an application with WIPO within this territory is not possible.